“Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behavior, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events.”

– Wikipedia.

All of us have experienced fear before at some points in our life and inevitably we all will experience it again sooner or later in the future. When we were younger maybe we have fear of dogs or of insects or even of clowns in our own birthday party. Few more years, we fear the bullies in our school. Then, we fear of rejection from that girl we want to go with to the prom. In later years we fear of not being able to find and keep a job. Just as we change as we grow older some of our fears also change with us to become worse or to be something entirely new. However, some of those fears might never change at all and remain stuck with us until now like the common fear of heights (acrophobia) or the uncommon fear of the pope (papaphobia).

Despite the fact that sources of our fears changes over time (or not), one thing is still remain unchanging. One could argue that fear is actually the strongest emotion in our psychology; the emotion that actually pushes us forward. It is seems that fear is the driving force and it govern our life. Every decision we make is a product of that fear. For example: Students put much effort in their studies for the fear of their future career (or their parents’ belt/slipper), and employees put much effort in their career for the fear of their family current and future well-beings. Last few weeks I was scared that my donuts will soon turn bad and become inedible, so I ate all of them delicious donuts. Few hours after that I started to anxious that I will gain weight from eating too much donuts, so I began exercising.

In the end, what actions we choose to take based on our fear will also depends on our perspective of that fear itself. In the case of our comfort zone, if you fear of the unknown, fear of failure and fear of being ridiculed, you will cower and will go back running into your comfort zone. But if you fear your life will go stale, fear of not moving forward or fear of not improving, these fear will push your comfort zone boundaries outward and expand.

Mind sharing your thoughts about the topic? 🙂